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Report calls on NC restaurant chains to end use of livestock gestation crates

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Thursday, June 20, 2024   

Advocates for animal welfare are calling on restaurants in North Carolina to end the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs in their supply chain.

A new report from Animal Equality said the crates are inhumane and can cause lifelong suffering to pigs.

Devon Dear, institutional outreach manager for the group, calls out another major problem: They can also be a hotbed for disease transmission to other animals and humans.

"They're under lots of stress in a crate and more stress means more antibiotics," Dear asserted. "More and more antibiotics means higher chances of antibiotic resistance, germs coming into the environment."

Dozens of U.S. restaurant companies such as McDonald's and Cheesecake Factory pledged to end the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs in their supply chains back in 2008. Since then, 11 states have restricted their use or outlawed them.

Despite some restaurants making a promise to end the practice, Dear pointed out many are still lagging behind. According to the report, chains such as Chick-fil-A and Denny's are among 13 restaurants not making any meaningful commitments to stop using crates. Dear hopes legislation in the Farm Bill would address the issue but called on restaurants to take a stand.

"We think irrespective of what's happening with state-level legislation, with national legislation, companies have a corporate responsibility to treat animals in their supply chain humanely," Dear contended. "This is a real long-standing controversial practice with consumers, and irrespective of what happens on the legislative level, companies have a responsibility to do better."

North Carolina has no laws restricting or outlawing the use of gestation crates for pigs.


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